Hats off to this man
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For all our talk we don’t actually get to show you much hatted comicality, so with some relish, and thanks to one of our most dedicated readers, we’d like to introduce you to Jon Lawrence, an Australian collector of hats that are extraordinary, comical and of historical interest.
He has “5153, plus or minus 30” hats. But he got them the hard way unlike that slothful so-called collector from Alaska, who “has 26,000 stapled to his ceiling. ‘He gets given his,’ Jon grumbles. ‘I have to go source my own.’
He works at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, “making model boats, dressing up as vikings and pirates, showing visitors round exhibits such as the Endeavour, submarine Onslow and round-the-world yacht First Lady.” He also re-enacts American Civil War battles — he plays a private in the 62nd New York regiment of Zouaves, his wife plays a provendore and no, we don’t know what that means.
Oh and he recently died for 22 minutes – a “minor hiccup” during a hip operation: “The nurse said I was speaking Welsh. But I was mostly dead. The anaesthetist had to change his pants three times. They kept reviving me. So there was no brain-death thing.”
Check out a selection of his hats…